I consistently recommend having your WordPress site separate from your podcast host. I have briefly highlighted a few of my favorite web hosting companies for WordPress, but I wanted to go a little deeper and give you my full list of recommendations.
You won’t see most of the common web hosts that a lot of sites recommend. Why? Because most people just recommend those companies because they have higher than average affiliate payouts. I’ll show you what I mean:
If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find awful support, slow sites, lost backups, and other issues that should be considered dealbreakers.
And if you dig even deeper, you’ll see that most of these cheap hosts are actually owned by the same company. What that means is that many people get unhappy and leave, only to sign back up with the same company, just under a different brand.
My first recommendation: Avoid any brands owned by EIG in 2018 – do that and you’ll be doing great!
I’ll recommend website and WordPress hosts that have proven to work well for podcasters and bloggers. I have personally used all but two of them.
The prices tend to vary by how many resources they allocate to you and how many additional features are included. Things that tend to increase the price and performance are RAM, CPU, SSD vs HDD, CDNs, staging sites, WordPress optimization, and more.
I have found that a little extra cost not only allows your site to handle more users but also makes it easier to manage, saving you time.
Most people reading this will want managed WordPress hosting, meaning that the hosting company handles all the confusing server stuff. What’s important is that they keep your server online and loading fast. Several of the web hosts below offer both standard hosting and managed hosting. I’ll highlight the different tiers where it makes sense.
Best Managed WordPress Hosting
Kinsta was launched in 2014 and has quickly become one of the fastest and most reliable WordPress hosting companies out there. Companies like GE and Intuit host with them, but they have tons of smaller websites as well. Speed matters no matter how big you are.
They recently added more lower-level (cheaper) pricing plans that make Kinsta much more accessible to smaller podcasters and bloggers. All of their plans include a CDN from KeyCDN for free too!
My favorite features are one-click staging, 24/7 support, and of course having the fastest server around. Some other nice features are the ability to choose where in the world your server is located for each site (this helps a ton with more local-oriented sites) and one of the best-looking and easiest-to-use dashboards around.
If you want to give your listeners and readers a great experience – and don’t want your website to crash when you get featured on that big news site, host with Kinsta.
WPEngine is another popular managed WordPress host that is used by many companies, large and small. They include 1-click staging and have the ability to handle massive amounts of traffic to your site.
A CDN will cost you $20/month extra and if you want your website to be hosted outside the United States, it’s an extra $10/month.
They do tend to offer coupons and discounts frequently as well, like this 20% off coupon for a personal plan (coupon code WPE20OFF will be applied automatically, but you can use it on any plan).
Flywheel has a bunch of features focused on agencies building WordPress sites for clients, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for yourself. What’s great about Flywheel is that they take care of all the technical stuff for you: migrations, security, server upgrades, backups, and more.
They fine-tune all their servers for WordPress so you know it will be blazing fast for you and your readers.
They also have some of the best support around – you can even call and talk to a real person! Sign up for a year and get 1 month free.
They use SSD drives, NGINX, automatic backups, free SSL, and more. The prices are excellent for what you get and this is a great way to get started with fast managed WP hosting at a great price.
I have used an InMotion VPS server for a nationwide franchise and they had great support and speed.
They include a staging plugin that works well, but it doesn’t seem to work with Genesis or other themes that build off a framework.
Shared hosting means that you share server resources with other websites. Because you typically don’t know how many other people are sharing the server and how popular they are, this is pretty much a gamble on how well it will perform at any given time – no matter what company you go with. Sure, it’s cheaper, but definitely at a cost.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and that means that one server is segmented into virtual parts. You will get dedicated resources that can’t be used by others on the same physical server. Many of the managed WordPress hosts above actually use this approach – and it works well.
I’ve used DreamHost for years to host many different sites. I started with shared hosting, but found it lacking even for smaller sites so I upgraded to a VPS server. The process was really easy and it helped performance a ton.
If I ever want to experiment with a site, I’ll usually start here as I can put as many different websites (domains) on a single server as I want. I currently use both this VPS server and an optimized & managed WordPress host for larger sites.
Because I host with them, I can offer you a $50 off coupon with this link. Enjoy!
Siteground is one of the few I haven’t personally used, but they consistently get great reviews and testimonials from their customers.
I would recommend the GoGeek WordPress hosting plan because it includes 1-click staging, additional caching, and more server resources dedicated to your sites.
Additional WordPress Resources
Once you pick one of these hosting companies, you’ll need to:
- decide on a WordPress theme
- install some important WordPress plugins for podcasting
- choose an email service provider (I strongly recommend ConvertKit)
- and start putting out content!
Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.